Heavy Ice Causing Delays in N.L. Fisheries
FFAW Calling for Compensation and Extended Employment Insurance
Pack ice is no stranger to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Northeast coast.
However, a long, cold winter, combined with hurricane-force Northeasterly winds, have really made a mess of the spring crab and lobster fisheries. Many ports are choked with heavier-than-normal ice this spring, blocking many fishing vessels from even leaving the dock, let alone reaching the grounds.
Fish, Food and Allied Worker (FFAW) Union President ...
Winter Lobster Fishery Remaining Strong: Concerns Raised Over Quality of Some Landed Product
When asked to describe the first few weeks of the lobster fishery in LFA 34, Hubert Saulnier, who has fished from his home port of Meteghan River for the past 46 years, said that “catches were down but landings were up.”
While it sounds like an oxymoron, he was right. Initial landings were down from a year ago, but since fishermen could fish almost every day during those first two weeks, overall landings were up.
Prices have also been good — staying above $6/pound for that period, ...
A Winter From Hell: P.E.I. Shellfish Industry Back to Full Production Following Worst Winter Ever
There is a now famous NASA photograph, taken in March of 2015, of Prince Edward Island from space.
More than 520 centimetres of snow fell on P.E.I. this winter, one of the worst in recorded history.
In the photograph, the outline of Canada’s smallest province is so completely covered in snow that its outline is barely distinguishable from the ice surrounding it.
Somewhere amongst all that, James Power was trying to reach his oyster cages, buried under more than four feet of snow, ice ...
P.E.I. Mussel Industry Back to Full Production After Record Winter
The PEI mussel industry is once again back on the water and able to supply their famous mussels after an unprecedented winter on Prince Edward Island.
This past winter, however, brought record snowfalls to Prince Edward Island with over 18 feet (551 cm) being accumulated in some areas. The weight of this snowfall affected the ice conditions and made harvesting extremely difficult.
“Ensuring the safety of our farmers and employees was first and foremost as ice conditions were constantly ...